Wednesday, December 27, 2006

What's Good About Waterloo

What have I missed? In no particular order (or rather, in the order things popped into my head):

- No poisonous snakes or spiders.
- Virtually never have storms bad enough to cause serious property damage.
- 90 minutes to downtown Toronto and all it has to offer, especially the new Four Seasons opera hall.
- 75 minutes to Toronto airport; plus we have our own international airport with limited service.
- Two universities and a community college.
- Opera Ontario.
- 30 minutes to the Elora Festival featuring the inimitable Noel Edison.
- Two good and very different cinemas: Waterloo Galaxy and Princess Twin.
- Great restaurants, especially Bhima's Warung and the Harmony Lunch.
- Lectures at CIGI.
- 30 minutes to the Stratford Festival and the town of Stratford.
- 2.5 hours to the Shaw Festival and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- Waterloo Farmer's Market.
- Old Order Mennonites.
- Waterloo Park.
- Downtown Waterloo.
- Ducks.
- Multicultural population (and all the good food that entails).
- Relatively low crime.
- High tech sector with lots of interesting jobs.
- Affordable housing (relative to salaries).

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2 comments:

Melle said...

Perimeter Institute, revitalized/revitalizing downtowns in both Waterloo and Kitchener, a vibrant high tech community (that involves more than just RIM), Grand River Regional Cancer Centre next door in Kitchener, incredible R&D being done into cool things like quantum computing and nanotech, plenty of places to walk and bike (including RIM Park and the Grand River Trail), next door to the unbearable cuteness of St. Jacobs, St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, an excellent library, the Busker Carnival, Vincenzo's... off the top of my head.

(And I desperately hope you're kidding about Harmony Lunch.) :)

Anonymous said...

Summer festivals like the Busker festival and Jazz festival, and the Dandelion festival in Waterloo Park, and the Multicultural festival in Victoria Park (well,that's Kitchener). And the lights in downtown in the winter, and the beautiful flowers in the summer.